Neymar is better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo according to former Brazil right-back Cafu.
The general consensus is that while Neymar is one of the best in the world, he's not quite been able to get on the same level as Messi and Ronaldo, who have 11 Ballon d'Ors between them.
Cafu reckons Neymar is more gifted than the pair of footballing titans but he is lacking when it comes to leadership.
"Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader,' the former AC Milan and Roma right-back told Marca.
"One must dedicate themselves 100 per cent to football. I'm not better than Neymar, but I am better than other right-backs because I dedicated myself to that.
"He (Neymar) has to become a captain."
🎙| Cafu: “Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader.”— NeymarXtra™️ (@NeymarXtra) November 13, 2021
"One must dedicate themselves 100 percent to football. He [Neymar] has to become a captain." pic.twitter.com/ZORDaDp2nk
With his flair and entertainment value but end product to show for it, the Paris Saint-Germain star has grown into the natural successor to Ronaldinho.
He's scored 70 goals for the Brazil national team and is not far off breaking Pele's record of 77 for the Selecao.
The former Barcelona man has hinted at retirement from international football after next year's World Cup in an interview and Cafu believes it would be a great shame.
“I don’t know the truth. Unfortunately, Brazil is very devoid of idols today, and not only Brazil, I think world football has a lack of idols," he told Record.
We have great players like Vinícius and Rodrygo that I have mentioned but there is no post-Neymar idol in Brazil yet,”
In the event that it occurs, it would be his decision, and it should be respected. If after the World Cup in Qatar they think they should retire, Brazil would lose a crack. It would be a shame because he is very young and a reference in world football. I think he still has a lot of wood to burn.”
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